Arsenal Saturday! Szczesny stuns fans, Emery message, Rebic on way, Wenger to Man United claim
Here is a roundup from all today’s Arsenal headlines.
Juventus star Wojciech Szczesny has announces ‘he planned to stay’ with Arsenal through his playing career.
Three years ago Szczesny was let go by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after a string of poor performances between the sticks at the Emirates, with his ability in goal questioned by many in the media, and many Gunners fans.
But leaving the club seems to have done wonders for his career, as Szczesny is at one of the world’s biggest clubs, Juventus, and tasked with the ominous job of replacing Gianluigi Buffon, who is arguably one of the best goalkeepers to ever grace the game of football.
However, despite his shock success at the Italian Champions, he has admitted that he was prepared to fight for his Arsenal career and stay at the club.
He was quoted on the Calciomercato website: “I wanted to be at Arsenal for my whole career. It is the club I love. It is the club I still support. I gave everything to play there.”
“I regret not having done more there,” he adds.
“I won two FA Cups and a Community Shield but I would have liked to win at least one Premier League title.
“But sometimes you have to think with your brain, not just your heart.”
Meanwhile Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted he is not dwelling on the sides winning run and wants to keep moving forward.
After making the move to the Emirates last summer and spending over £70 million to revamp the squad, Emery started the new season in poor fashion and all the optimism he brought in the summer was quickly wiped away by the players poor performances.
However, his tactics started getting through to the players and is not on an eight game winning run, playing some great football and are looking like serious top four contenders.
But Emery is keen to look forward to the short trip to Fulham this weekend rather than looking back on previous results.
“Usually I don’t look behind, every day I’m looking at the next matches – what’s in front,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“For me, whether we win or lose, every match is giving me a lot of information about how to improve. Every coach wants to win, but it’s not easy to do that.
“For me the challenge is every day and every match – to look back to the last match is not good for us and not for me.
“My only focus is on Sunday against Fulham, to get three points to continue going up in the table.”
And Arsenal could reportedly make a move for winger Ante Rebic, as a possible replacement for Liverpool and Manchester United target Aaron Ramsey, according to the TalkSport website.
With constant headlines on the media over the future of Ramsey, after Arsenal decided to stop all talks with the midfielder, attention has turned to whom could replace the Welshman.
And the latest name to be mentioned is Eintracht Frankfurt star Rebic, who has been at the German side since the summer of 2016.
One of the fastest players at the World Cup, his performances and power impressed a number of Premier League boss and his direct style would suit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front .
Arsenal are desperate to add a natural winger or two to their squad as Ramsey has had to fill in on the right several times over the last few weeks, and although Rebic is not the same type of player to the Welshman, he could be the perfect replacement.
Frankfurt are said to be open to selling Rebic as long as they receive upwards of £26m for him, as they have to pay a percentage of any fee to Fiorentina.
And considering Arsenal can offer top-level football and a nice big wage packet, they are seriously strong contenders to nail down his signature.
finally, Jeff Stelling has claimed Manchester United should hire Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger and not Zinedine Zidane as Jose Mourinho’s potential replacement.
After a poor start to the new Premier League season, there has been much speculation on the future of Mourinho in the British press with many reports claiming he will get the sack by the end of the weekend, no matter what the result was against Newcastle.
It has brought out numerous pundits and former players to make their assessment of the situation, but United have strongly denied that Mourinho will be sacked this weekend and have firmly backed the special one.
But Sky Sports presenter Stelling thinks he has the perfect candidate to replace the Portuguese, a certain Wenger, who left the Emirates at the end of last season after years of calls for him to exit the club.
“First of all, Jose Mourinho is 1/7 on to be the next manager to be sacked,” he said on Soccer Saturday.
“Zinedine Zidane doesn’t speak English by the way, I don’t know how big a drawback that is, he’s favourite to come in.
“But I’ve got an idea and I know that this is going to be perfect and Manchester United fans will love me.
“What United want is Champions League qualification, year in year out. Great, attractive, attacking football. Someone who can get the best out of Alexis Sanchez, who’s not in a job at the moment.
“Arsene Wenger has got to be the next Manchester United manager!”